I can plainly imagine McQueen in each of these cars - except the Mercedes 300SEL. For some reason, it just doesn't fit my mental image. But he was a multi-faceted man for sure, and my images are mostly tied in with movies and racing, so what do I know? Well, NOW I know that he drove an M-B salon sometimes, which is more than I knew 10 minutes ago! Good article. 😃
The XK-SS is in the Petersen collection in LA., a great place to visit!
A few years ago during the weekend of the Santa Fe Concorso, they brought the XK-SS over from LA. The show was held at the Las Campanas country club on Sunday, but the evening before there was a special cocktail party/reception held in a hanger at the airport. They had moved the private jets outside to make room for the party.
Featured were a small select group of automobiles, one of which was the McQueen XK-SS. Next to it sat the famous Admiral Robert Phillips' 1955 Ferrari Mondial 500, one of the most extraordinary Ferraris in existence. Admiral Phillips, a truly gracious gentleman, was present and very happy to retell the story of his history with this amazing car. Admiral Phillips sold the Mondial thru Gooding and Company in 2018, it gaveled at $5,005,000.
It was hard not to drool standing between these two iconic automobiles, especially when Admiral Phillips started and ran the Ferrari, one of the sweetest sounds known.
Man, without those emblems, they do indeed all look like a "???" - and now there are more emblems than ever before, and some of them I've never even learned, so I'm still confused! 😋
Well, I think the definition of "cool" may be different to today's youth. Even from 10-15 years ago. Then, I think you might have gotten an answer of "Tony Hawk". Now, it'd probably be some dude named Bieber. But "back in the day" for we Boomers, McQueen and Newman were definitely the co-heirs to the title, passed down to them from James Dean.